Mortgage Rates Hit 2011 Low

Anemic economic growth, high gas prices, out of control commodity prices, a strengthening US dollar, all are helping keep mortgage rates near all-time lows.

CSM reports: Low rates haven’t been enough to jumpstart the weak housing market. Fewer people bought previously occupied homes in April, the National Association of Realtors said Thursday. Sales fell to a seasonally adjusted annualrate of 5.05 million units, far below the 6 million homes a year that economists consider a healthy market.

However, the number of borrowers looking to refinance is now at the highest level since the second week of December, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. Refinance activity has increased 33 percent over the last five weeks, mirroring the steady decline in rates.

Despite the gains, refinancing is only at half the level it reached in the fall of last year when mortgage rates fell to record lows. The rate on the 30-year home loan hit a four-decade low of 4.17 percent in November. The 15-year mortgage rate reached 3.57 percent that same month, the lowest level on records dating back to 1991.

About Luke Ford

Raised a Seventh-Day Adventist at Avondale College in Australia, Luke Ford moved to California in 1977. He graduated from Placer High School in 1984, reported the news at KAHI/KHYL radio for three years, attended Sierra College and UCLA, was largely bedridden by Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for six years, and converted to Judaism in 1993. From 1997-2007, Luke made his living from blogging. Living by Beverly Hills (Alexander90210.com), he now teaches the Alexander Technique (moving the way the body likes to move). Lessons cost $100 each and last about 45 minutes. In 2011, Luke completed a three-year teaching course at the Alexander Training Institute of Los Angeles. His personal Alexander Technique website is Alexander90210.com. Luke is the author of five books, including: » The Producers: Profiles in Frustration » Yesterday’s News Tomorrow: Inside American Jewish Journalism
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